Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns from Southern Living Magazine, January 2013

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I battled Spiderman this morning. Being pitted against super heroes is just one of those things listed in my Mom job description.

Unfortunately, this epic fight included a very disgruntled Dudette who did her best to thwart every move I made against her hero and from what she claims, her husband.

It began last Friday. Dudette moved her clip from green to orange in her kindergarten class last, a sign of excellent behavior, a level of behavior we rarely see at home. Because she moved her clip up two spots, she received three gold stars on her behavior card, which filled it up and earned her the reward of bringing something in for show-and-tell.

She chose Spiderman. Spiderman is stuffed and stands about two feet tall. He is most beloved. No one is allowed to touch him, look at him or even breathe his name. Yet she chose Spiderman.

This morning, show-and tell day, school preparations went well. As well as they can go when hair needs to be brushed and pony-tailed, the proper ratio of milk to cereal argued-over, and whether socks are required with crocs or not.

They went well right up until the moment that we opened the front door and saw that it was raining.  Tears started. Wailing ensued. Dudette was distraught. Her precious Spiderman was going to get wet. And ruined. Intervention was needed.

The battle lasted ten minutes. Ten very long, brutal minutes. It included Dudette, Spiderman, me and a garbage bag. I was accused of wrenching Spiderman’s arm. I apparently was attempting to suffocate him. Finally, Dudette’s ride showed up and I was able to tie off the bottom of the bag, kiss the top of her head, tell her I loved her, and shove her out the door.

Mommy remained king of the house. Spiderman was vanquished.

I’ve earned a sticky bun.

The Process

Along with being on the cover of this month’s issue of Southern Living, the title on the page with this recipe boasts that with these buns, you can ‘Indulge Without Guilt.’ At 300 calories apiece, I can agree with that.

Before you go thinking that I’ve all of a sudden turned into a brioche goddess or something, I’ll tell you up front that the dough comes from a mix. While I would have been more than willing to attempt it from scratch, the recipe calls for packaged hot roll mix. I didn’t even know the stuff existed, but it does. And it works really, really well.

This recipe uses a lot of equipment. There’s a bowl for the sticky bun syrup, a saucepan for the maple glaze, the bowl for the buns themselves, rolling pin, miscellaneous knives, spoons and pastry brushes, and the two pans.

But, the directions are excellent and the rolls are easy to pull together. If a novice dough-user like me can do it, I think anyone can, especially using the mix (I have a new best friend).

The Verdict

I’m usually more of a cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting kind of gal, but these were outstanding. I loved the maple flavor and the caramel-style stickiness of the glaze. Hubby felt the same. I think he had two straight out of the oven.

Dudette was unsure at first. She loves her frosting so the glaze confused her a bit and I had to make sure there weren’t any pecans on her bun, but she’s eaten several. Don’t take my word for it though. I’ll let her speak for herself.

What I’d Do Different Next Time

Hubby wished there was more cinnamon flavor so I’d add an extra teaspoon.

Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns from Southern Living Magazine, January 2013
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
  • 1 (16-oz.) package hot roll mix
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans

Sticky Bun Syrup

  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 egg white

Maple Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  1. Lightly grease 2 (8-inch) round or square cake pans or skillets. Spoon Sticky Bun Syrup into pans.
  2. Prepare hot roll dough as directed on back of package; let dough stand 5 minutes.
  3. Roll dough into an 18- x 10-inch rectangle. Spread with melted butter. Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter.
  4. Roll dough up tightly, starting at 1 long end; cut into 16 slices using a serrated knife. Place 1 slice in center of each prepared pan. Place 7 slices around center roll in each pan.
  5. Cover pans loosely with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°. Uncover rolls, and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and done. Cool in pans on a wire rack 5 minutes. Prepare Maple Glaze, and brush over rolls. Top with toasted pecans.

Sticky Bun Syrup

  1. Whisk together powdered sugar, melted butter, maple syrup, and egg white until smooth.

Maple Glaze

  1. Melt butter in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in brown sugar, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt until blended. Whisk in milk; bring mixture to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, whisking constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until glaze is golden brown and glossy. Use immediately.


0 thoughts on “Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns from Southern Living Magazine, January 2013

  • January 31, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Woo hoo! I just saw this on Southern Lvings Facebook page! Way to go!

  • January 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Dudette, you are such a cutie!!! I want to pinch your cheeks!
    I laughed out loud at Spiderman being her husband. :)

    I got that same issue the other day only because those buns were hard to resist. I'm glad they were awesome because I intend to make them sometime this week.

  • January 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    She still has her moments, but has ended up a good kid after all! I have faith that Dudette will do the same!

  • January 15, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Ha! Such a cute story, although at the time I'll bet you weren't thinking so. Those days go by so fast. I'll bet these sticky buns made life better for everyone!

    • January 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Retelling the story so soon after it happened was pretty cathartic and helped me see the humor sooner than if I had just sat and stewed about her attitude yesterday. I guess I'm lucky that she provides me with so much good material. She was an angel this morning so I've got nothing. :)

  • January 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Your Dudette stories remind me of my strong willed daughter…there seemed to be a new battle every day! So glad Spidey make it to and from school safely. These gooey rolls would be perfect for when Nick is home at spring break…love the shortcut with the hot roll mix. Who knew?

  • January 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    These look great! I love cinnamon rolls not only because they taste great… but they make the whole house smell amazing while they are baking.

    PS… I signed up for your email subscriptions to both my Curry and Comfort email and my personal email. I got the notifications a few times to my personal email and they stopped too. I don't know why that's happening. I need to find a way to make sure I get notifications… I keep missing all your great dishes. :(

    • January 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      I don't know what's going on with my e-mail subscription but will hopefully get it figured out soon. Thanks for sticking with me while I'm going through this (and for saying hi!).

      • January 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

        I unsubscribed and resubscribed with your new set up on the side there… I hope that fixes it. :)

  • January 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    The sound is so much better! I hope you didn't think I was being mean yesterday by commenting on it. Your daughter is adorable. My favorite part was at the end when she asked you if you taped it :) I can't believe you tried to suffocate Spidey aka son-in-law.

    • January 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Nah, I knew the sound wasn't great with the first one, but I couldn't really ask her to do too many takes. :) Son-in-law made it home just fine and is in his rightful place once again. It was pretty funny this morning though. I feel for the poor guy she actually does marry.


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